These past 2 weeks I’ve spent so much time on trains travelling to Brighton, Bicester and Devon for mini-getaways. No better an opportunity to pick up a good book, and this one did not disappoint. As part of our ‘Under Cover’ series I received this book from Rach wrapped in paper, so I knew nothing about the genre, author or title until i’d read the very last page.
YA // Fiction
4 out of 5 stars
BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.
PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.
Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.
When I first started this book I was engrossed. From the first page you’re thrown into the life of Andi a teenager struggling to come to terms with the death of her brother, her parents separation and her mother’s subsequent decline in mental health. This story in itself would have been one I would’ve enjoyed, however whilst Andi comes to terms with the events unfolding in her life and tries to complete a project on the french revolution, she uncovers the diary of Alex – a maid to the royal family during the revoultion. While the story develops the two storylines intertwine and juxtapose each other. Alex is selfless in her love for the prince and showing him that someone still cares, whilst Andi is hell bent on destruction caused by ((unjust)) feelings of guilt over her brother’s death which lead to her abusing prescription medication and avoiding any mention of the future. Despite having centuries between them, similarities begin to emerge as Andi finds herself invested in Alex’s story and begins to become more selfless.
Whilst reading this book I had no clue what it was called or the author – I couldn’t even guess! When I revealed the cover I still didn’t recognise the book having not heard of it before. I’m so glad Rach picked ‘Revolution’ for me as the cover is dull and definitely wouldn’t have tempted me to read the back. And if by some miracle I did, I still don’t think the blurb would have tempted me as it’s not a book I would typically read. Despite all of this I loved it, and it’s definitely encouraged me to pick up books that don’t have the fanciest covers or aren’t my typical genre.
Head over to Rach’s site to find out why she picked this book.